Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 3: Spatial Policies Living Within Environmental Limits CS6: North Somerset's Green Belt CS6: North Somerset's Green Belt [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 706241/CSCD/2
Respondent Nailsea Town Council [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 02 Mar 2010
Current Status Accepted
Comment
The Core Strategy policy is that the Green Belt will remain unchanged, unless there are exceptional circumstances . The Strategy itself is silent on extending the Green Belt but does refer to the proposed extension to south west Nailsea in the 2006 draft Regional Spatial Strategy which has been removed in the current revision.

Nailsea has a ring of Green Belt land from the north-west to the south east boundaries of the Town. This relates to approx 50% of the boundary, the rest of which is not designated as Green Belt. Discussion regarding the entire settlement boundary is required. The aim is that the extent of Green Belt is increased but with adjustments to the existing designation where this promotes the goals of the Core Strategy and the Parish Plan.

The Town Council considers that exceptional circumstances for change do exist in the following location:

Southfield Road trading estate: a relaxation of the Green Belt (as previously requested) is essential in order to develop the potential for employment opportunities in the Town and reduce out-commuting, which are part of the strategic priority of supporting a successful economy (CS20). This would also support the objective of sustainability, self-containment, improving the town's role as a service centre and encouraging a mixed and balanced community (CS15 and CS31: Market and Coastal Towns).
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